ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Independence Party candidate for governor Tom Horner visited the Education Minnesota convention on Thursday to listen to teachers and share his positions on education.
Although Horner wasn't invited to speak to the convention, he visited with teachers between sessions and over lunch.
"Teachers consistently told me that so often policymakers impose such rigid requirements on how teachers teach that students aren't getting the education they need to succeed," said Horner.
Horner's budget proposal includes full funding for K-12 education. He also is proposing three policy improvements:
- Invest new money in early childhood learning.
- Give teachers the autonomy -- while holding them accountable -- to make their students successful. "No Child Left Behind imposes so much rigidity on how teachers teach that we are losing students to boredom. It's not because of ineffective teachers, but ineffective policymakers," said Horner.
- Make sure well-trained and qualified principals are in charge of schools. "Great schools have great principals who have the autonomy to run their schools with teachers and parents," said Horner.
Horner has been an adjunct professor in the master's program at the University of St. Thomas for more than 20 years.
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